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Forum topic by ChesapeakeBob posted 08-02-2011 01:14 AM 2988 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-02-2011 01:14 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bearings brushes repair

I have one old Makita #2708 tablesaw and another old Black & Decker router and both need bearings, brushes. Can anyone either instruct me on the process to replace the bearings or direct me to an instruction manual OR a website that will direct me through the process.


-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#1 posted 08-02-2011 07:04 PM

I know there must some expert advice available on this subject!

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#2 posted 08-03-2011 05:07 PM

Hello Bob. Its nice to see someone that knows the value of the older Makita 2708. I was given my first table saw makita 2708 by a very good friend who has been an inspiration into wood working. When I received the saw it was in need of some repairs. If I could not get it fixed there would be no hard feelings for putting it to rest. I took the saw to the Authorized Makita service center here in Denver. I had the bearings, brushes and power cord replaced along with a bench test of the motor. It cost me about $100. Well worth it. I have it in the Makita brand Rousseau table and is quite accurate for cuts.

I also bought a used makita 2703 from Craiglist for $40 and had it factory serviced (It was in sad shape, but for $40 what did I have to lose if it could not be serviced) thank goodness its a Makita. I also put this one in a drop in Skil table and built a rolling bench. Ended up selling it and kept the 2708. I am now looking to buy another 2708 from Craiglist, even if it needs service. These saws are one of the best benchtops ever built. I want it as a back up for my drop in table since the 2708 is the only one that fits. I often considered buying a new table saw, but still enjoy the Makita 2708.

I have the manual and parts list for the 2708 and many other table saws that I have downloaded. If you want to attempt a repair on your own. I talked with Makita (great tech support) the other day and from what I was told they still have all parts for these older 2708 saws. You can also find the nearest factory service center through the Makita web site. They will give free estimates, only drawback is if they disassemble your saw and you decide to not have service performed, you just get the parts back and have to assemble it yourself. I have invested about $100 for each of my saws and its been well worth it to have a totally factory rebuilt makita 2708 table saw.

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